Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner around Hartford, CT
The thought of having to prepare a huge Thanksgiving meal for my family gives me nightmares worse than forgetting to turn in my senior thesis.
I prefer to leave it to the professionals and enjoy family, friends and football rather than shopping and cleaning up! For a traditional feast with all the trimmings check out our list of restaurants in the Hartford area to enjoy a stress-free holiday. Check out our posts about Thanksgiving dinner out in Fairfield County and Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Litchfield County too.
Seasons Restaurant at Avon Old Farms Hotel (Hartford County)
The setting is lovely at this small, boutique hotel in the heart of the Farmington Valley. The buffet is plentiful as you start with breakfast treats such as donuts, belgian waffles and omelet station. Carving station will have turkey and prime rib, and then tons of sides including pumpkin ravioli and all the Thanksgiving fixings. Fruits and salads, kids' table with favorites such as mac and cheese and tater tots, and desserts including apple cobbler, pies, cakes, gluten-free specialties and wait for it..... a milkshake station! Adults - $49.95 (includes mimosas); children (7-12) - $24.95 and under 6 are free. Reservations encouraged; buffet is available between 11am-3pm.
279 Avon Mountain Road, Avon, CT 06001
Enjoy a delicious hand-carved turkey right at your table where you don’t have to worry about any of the cooking or cleaning. Turkey is served with all the traditional sides and choice of pies. You even get to take home leftovers so you can enjoy some that night or the next day. Reservations are accepted and seating begins at noon. The cost of the meal is $38.95 per adult, half price for kids and under 3 eat free.
21 Old Albany Turnpike, Canton, CT 06019
J. Gilbert's in Glastonbury (Hartford County)
One might not think of this award-winning steakhouse for Thanksgiving, but it could be just the place to make everyone happy. With dark wood accents, stone work and fireplaces, settle in for a family meal you won't forget. Order the three-course prix-fixe for $36 that features turkey, filet with scallops or crab cake, salmon and pork among other entrees. End your meal with cheesecake or chocolate velvet cake. If that menu doesn't excite you, go with their regular menu with lobster cobb salad, succulent steaks, pasta and more. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes available. Reservations strongly suggested as they are getting booked up.
185 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbury, CT 06033
Metro Bis in Simsbury (Hartford County)
This highly-acclaimed restaurant moved into the Simsbury 1820 House Bed and Breakfast last year, and the food and charm can't be beat. Seating reservations are available at 1130am, 130pm and 330pm for this decadent three-course menu including appetizer, entree and dessert. Entrees range from turkey to short ribs to crab cakes. $48.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 10. They also provide to-go menu, with cooked turkey at $6.95 per person or a raw, seasoned turkey ready to make at home priced by the pound. All the sides are $9.50 per quart and pies are $25 each. All orders should be placed by November 21 and can be picked up on Wednesday the 26th between 11am and 7pm.
731 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
The Mill on the River in South Windsor (Hartford County)
This is a perfect spot for a Thanksgiving meal because of its picturesque location and the history it has with Native American heritage. They have a special prix-fixe menu for $34.95 per person where you get a choice of soup or salad, entrée and dessert. The entrée options include garlic and rosemary pork loin, honey glazed ham, roast tom turkey, filet mignon, baked stuffed shrimp and more. Be sure to leave room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss the dark chocolate and caramel tart, pecan pie, apple strudel, and other sweets! Meals for children 12 and under are $18.95 and include starter and dessert.
989 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074
Matthew's Restaurant in Unionville (Hartford County)
Set back from the Farmington River in historic Unionville, Matthew's is known for fine dining with French/cajun flair. From 12pm-6pm, the turkey will be served with andouille and cornbread stuffing and can be paired with soup/salad and dessert for $30. Kids can also have the turkey dinner or other selection such as pasta or chicken fingers for $12. If you don't feel like turkey, there are many other creative options including seared scallops with house bacon lardon and roasted cheese pumpkin risotto. Finish up with some bourbon caramel bread pudding or bananas foster and you'll be transported to the Big Easy on Thanksgiving. Reservations suggested.
55 Mill Street, Unionville, CT 06085
Angelico's Lake House in East Hampton (Middlesex County)
Enjoy dinner overlooking scenic Lake Pocotopaug or dine by the fireplace. Decorated for the holiday season there will be a delicious buffet including a carving station with turkey and beef, peel and eat shrimp, lamb, seafood stuffed sole, sausage and peppers, Louisiana seafood medley, and others. There will also be a fruit/cheese display, kids' items, several sides and a lavish dessert display. Seating for the buffet is at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm and runs $27.95 for adults, $13.95 for children 5-12, and free for kids under 5. If you prefer to eat in your own home, they also have fully-cooked Thanksgiving meals to go including turkey, traditional sides, rolls and pies. The dinner for 12-16 people is $225 or dinner for 6-12 people is $135. Order by November 21.
81 North Main Street, East Hampton, CT 06424
Griswold Inn in Essex (Middlesex County)
This historic venue opened in 1776 and sits on the banks of the Connecticut River. It exudes New England ambiance and the New York Times awarded it "The Most Famous Brunch in CT." They offer an elaborate buffet between 11am-730pm. In additional to all the traditional fare, they are offering beef, pork, fish and several cakes and desserts to choose from. Adults - $36; children under 12 - $18.95. Reservations suggested.
36 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426